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April 20, 2009

Gideon Levy Misquotes Abba Eban

Abba Eban used the word in "Auschwitz" in reference to Israel's boundaries from 1949-67

It wouldn't be the first time that Ha'aretz's Gideon Levy bungled or fabricated a quote by one of Israel's early leaders.

The latest specimen appears in today's online column, in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, entitled "The Holocaust and Israeli Occupation Cannot Be Compared," in which all the while Levy pathetically tries to do just that.

The forever-factually-challenged Levy writes:

Abba Eban, the legendary Labor foreign minister, once called the borders established following the 1967 Six-Day War "Auschwitz borders" [sic] - no less.

Actually, Eban referred to the pre, not post, June 5, 1967 boundaries of Israel as "Auschwitz" lines. As cited by Levy's colleague Bradley Burston, Eban told the German Der Spiegel in 1969:

"We have openly said that the map will never again be the same as on June 4, 1967. For us, this is a matter of security and of principles. The June map is for us equivalent to insecurity and danger. I do not exaggerate when I say that it has for us something of a memory of Auschwitz."

Posted by TS at April 20, 2009 04:59 AM


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